You probably know that when your child cries, a natural solution is to hand them their pacifier. Fortunately, there isn’t anything wrong with that—in fact, a pacifier can comfort your child and help you, as their parent, get some precious rest. However, if your pacifier isn’t used properly, or is used too long, they could cause a number of problems.
Luckily, your child will typically give up on their pacifier on their own when their between two and four years old. However, if your child hasn’t given up on their pacifier by the time they’re four, you may have to take the pacifiers away yourself. You could simply throw the pacifiers away—though you should be sure you catch them all. You see, children have been known to actually hide pacifiers from their parents.
Sadly, if your child doesn’t give up their pacifier on their own, they could actually make their jaw narrower than it should be. Similarly, their jaws may become misaligned, and they may even have some—or all—of their teeth begin to slant. Luckily, if your child doesn’t give up their pacifier on their own, there are a number of things you can consider doing—though most agree that trying cold turkey is most effective. You may also try only giving your child a pacifier when they nap and when they go to sleep.
Would you like to learn more about pacifier use, or about other options you may consider? Are you interested in scheduling an appointment with our dentist, Dr. R. Bruce Howell? If so, we invite you to give Orem Pediatric Dentistry a call at 801-802-7200. We’re eager to hear from you.